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A Master Florist at Work…alongside a Master Photographer

When it comes to planning a wedding, it’s so incredibly easy to get lost in the minutia. The lists and the must-do’s. But the journey of planning a wedding, in it’s purest form, is so much more that. It’s family. And love. And unabashed artistry at a level that is hard to even find the words to describe. And today, we get to indulge in just that. With an incredible behind the scenes look at the talent that is Laetitia C. Fleurs d’atelier through the lens of Oliver Fly Photography as Laetitia designs a tablescape inspired by the gorgeous restraint of the Provence countryside. Click here to see even more loveliness.

From Laetitia C. Fleurs d’atelierFor this romantic engagement dinner, set in the courtyard of an ancient Mas, I chose a blue color palette with some accents of white. I wanted to reflect, in my choice of flowers and colors, the very deep bond between our couple, Joy and Matthew. Blue seemed like the perfect color for that occasion as it symbolizes true love, purity, serenity, intimacy and deep trust and Delphinium flowers are a symbol of new beginnings.

What I liked most about these arrangements is that they’re nearly all foraged from the garden and hills around the Mas. I harvested what was right there and the different hues of green I found complimented perfectly the varied blues of the Delphiniums and Gentians. I used some heirloom brass vessels and candle holders to compliment the venue and the beautiful ancient and textured stone table. I really think that breaking away from the traditional flower vases makes a whole difference and gives a genuine and charming touch to the arrangements, whatever the occasion.

This ‘all blue’ look is a bit of a ‘think outside the box’ statement today as, for romantic and wedding florals, we are more used to seeing pastel colors like pale pinks and blush tones. But these have been around for quite a few years and lately, flower colors seem to get a little bolder in the new trends with deeper and moodier shades. Blue, along with berry tones and Merlot browns and reds, are slowly making their entrance in the flower trends.

I personally enjoy seeing blue coming back in the picture as, for centuries, it was the color associated with weddings. Brides wore blue in ancient Rome to symbolize love, modesty and fidelity. It was a very popular color in the wedding attire until the late 19th century.

And, as the proverb says “Marry in blue, lover be true”.

From Oliver Fly PhotographyAs a wedding photographer, I am always honored to be the privileged witness of the beautiful floral arrangements from florists/floral designers. I always see the finished result of a wedding day and we all know how much hard work actually went in to creating some floral decor with bouquets and centerpieces. However, I never had the opportunity to see the Behind The Scenes of those talented creatives because during that time we are photographing other moments with the bride and groom.

Love for the beauty and wildness of nature, my father’s legacy, one of my greatest inspiration combined with the encounter of a talented florist gave birth to the editorial « Florist at Work ».

As a result, I had the fabulous opportunity to travel from Paris to Provence to capture the deep love for flowers and creativity of the french florist Laetitia C. Fleurs d’atelier.

With more than hundreds and hundreds weddings under her belt, she’s running a successful business with a modern and stylish feel to her creations staying inspired by the beauty of Provence.

Such a privilege to capture her flower recipe for success when crafting some beautiful floral arrangements for a romantic engagement dinner in the courtyard of a lovely « Mas », a traditional provencal house nested in the middle of lavender fields.

With an approach that places creativity, effortless, care and attention to details above all, Laetitia revealed that shades of blue could be one of the new trend for the next season.

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Photography: Oliver Fly Photography | Floral Design: Laetitia C. - fleurs d'atelier | Calligraphy: Nice Plume | Table Runners + Silk Ribbon: Orchidee De Soie

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Destination Wedding Goals: Drink Wine & Chill by the Pool

Any wedding where “wine tasting, chilling by the pool and basically just enjoying each others company” is the main goal is definitely a wedding I can get behind. And to guess that this couple planned just that, with gorgeous detail for days, all with the help of a pretty savvy planner – Wedding Angels – and a whole lot of technology…be still my beating heart. Read on for more deets and click here for even more pretty! Photos from Nicky LeJeune.

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From Wedding AngelsI first met Katie and Remy, from Dubaï, one whole year before their wedding and took them on a day of visits in Provence. They were a sweet couple, really relaxed and looking for a lovely setting for their wedding where they could invite their guests to spend a week of fun with them wine tasting, chilling by the pool and basically just enjoying each others company. They fell in love with Château de Robernier and the countryside and picturesque landscapes surrounding the venue.

The next time I saw them was exactly one year later at Château de Robernier for their rehearsal. Their entire wedding was planned over email, Skype, phone and and WhatsApp. Although Katie and Remy were so low maintenance, un-fussed and easy going, their wedding was full of the little details that make a difference to the day. Katie carefully chose the corkscrew favors and wrapped them herself and decorated with heart shaped wooden name tags, they personalized their own ring box, the table names were also hand made photo collages of special milestones in the couples’ life together. The flowers were simple arrangements of soft peach colour roses, greenery and baby’s breath which really complemented the courtyard of the Château.

When I met up with them and their close family and friends for the rehearsal a few days before the wedding I knew that this would be a fun-filled love-filled event. And I could not have been more right.

The couple arrived in the area and rented a large country home with their bridal party one week before the wedding. They went wine tasting to select the wines for the wedding day from local vineyards around the Castle. Two days before most of their guests had arrived and were invited to a rehearsal dinner on the quaint main square in Cotignac, one of the most beautiful villages in France. They had a great evening mingling and partying until the early hours.

The wedding day was a lovely hot August Saturday. The atmosphere was so light all day, it was a pleasure to be around the bridal party while they were getting ready. The ceremony was led by a family member and the couple were surrounded by a very large bridal party, bridesmaids in blush/peach dresses and groomsmen in dark blue suits with peach bow-tie.

Champagne was served in front of the Castle with canapés before guests were invited to sit down to dinner in the courtyard lit with string lights and lots of candles and lanterns. The speeches were lovely and full of warmth and love.

After cutting the traditional French Croquembouche, Katie and Remy opened the ball in the beautiful Château ballroom and the party went on until dawn.

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Photography: Nicky Lejeune | Cinematography: McGill Sister Films | Event Design: Wedding Angels | Event Planning: Wedding Angels | Floral Design: L'art des Fleurs | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Bride's Shoes: Vince Camuto | Catering: De Bouche En Bouche | Lighting: Nick Boot | DJ: Nick Boot | Groomsmen's Attire: Paul Smith | Venue: Chateau De Robernier | Decor: L'art des Fleurs | Photography - Assistance: Shannon Da Rocha

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Find Love in a Lavender Field with This ‘After-Wedding’ Shoot

For those of you that dream in deep hues of purple, this lovely lavender field inspiration was made just for you. A culmination of all things chic, it’s proof from Weddings of Excellence in Provence (WEP) that you can always (and absolutely should) snap pics post ceremony and thanks to the talented Tamara Gruner Photography, we’ve got it all waiting in The Vault! P.S. See more of this pretty on our LBB Blog!

From Tamara Gruner PhotographyLavender inspiration: What can be more beautiful than getting married in Provence during the lavender season? An after-wedding session with just the two of you in the lavender fields! We started this after-wedding session at the beautiful La Coquillade with all its little romantic nooks. The blooming roses complement the beauty of our couple. The wind adds a romantic touch to this session – flowing hair and a flowing gown – a girl’s dream come true. From La Couqillade we headed to the lavender fields of famous Luberon in Provence. There, our couple strolled through the fields with the sun shining on their skin and warming them on a wonderful June day. We are in love with this couple showing their love for each other. We can’t take our eyes of them – the bride in her beautiful Musat Bridal gown – a romantic lace fabric combination, which complements the bride’s beauty. Our bride is playing with her dress and the wind in the lavender fields, which make for absolutely stunning moments. And the groom? No words for him!

If you want to be part of next year’s wedding workshop in beautiful Provence please go to our website for registration. The workshop offers a 3-day hands-on experience on how to offer the finest for your clients, your fellow vendors, and last but not the least, for yourself – using your talent and art. A wonderful provencal time with lots of surprises awaits you at our workshop: http://tamaragruner.com/info

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Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography | Event Planning + Design: Weddings of Excellence in Provence | Wedding Dress: Musat Bridal | Rings: Pelissier | Makeup: Ylva Langenskiold | Hair: Agnes Caneri | Venue: La Coquillade Resort | Accessories + Shoes: Left Bank Bridal | Behind the Scenes: Studio Ohlala | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Floral Design + Styling: Un Jardin En Ville | Groom’s Attire: Rayne Homme | Model Agency: Enjoy Models | Models: Yannick & Calypso from Enjoy Models | Workshop Website: Tamara Gruner Photography Workshop

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